ace your first day of work

  • career advice
  • August 08, 2016

We know that starting a new job can be one of the most stressful times of your career. You’ve learned a little about your new organization during the interview process, but you really don’t know what to expect on your first day. It’s important to make a good impression on your boss and co-workers, which will help dictate how you will be viewed by those people with whom you’ll be working.

Let us help you ace your first day by clicking on the icons of our interactive checklist below. These simple 17 steps will go a long way in making a great first impression in your new job.


The night before

Start preparing for your first day the night before you go to work:

Your first few hours

Pay attention and learn about your company and co-workers:

Lunch time

Use this time to recharge your batteries:

After lunch

It’s time to get to work:

The end of the workday

Unwind and reflect about your day:

Bonus tip

Don’t stress yourself out if things don’t go as planned on your first day — they rarely do. Just keep following our checklist, and you’ll have a successful start to your new job.

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